Category Archives: DTK
A rare late May snow storm coated the spine of the Green’s over Memorial Day weekend and allowed us to celebrate the start of summer by enjoying the wet, cold, and windy weather.
Episode 3.2 rewinds back to a few of our mid-winter 2013 splitboarding missions. With a solid snowpack in place, we dug deeper into spots that had previously left us broken and battered. From posting up in a remote cabin to pre and post workday missions, we’ve been burning the headlamps at both ends to take full advantage of the best conditions the east coast has seen all winter. Boot up checkyourpins.com for photos and more, and stay tuned for the Chic Chocs in episode three.
Winter is short enough on the East Coast. Add multiple thaws, every form of frozen precip, and shrapnel-filled forests and it’s enough to make us wonder why we even bother. Episode 3.1 documents the first half of the season splitboarding in Vermont—a season that’s been full of highs and lows, but then again any day on snow is a good one.[vimeo http://vimeo.com/59524803 w=604 H=335]
The second installment of our trip to the Chic Chocs puts us a few days deep on a week of earning it in early March during the low-tide winter of 2012. 30km from the truck and 12 hours north of Vermont, we’re yurt-living and stacking vert deep in the wilds of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula with guides Francois and Bruno of Vertigo Adventures. However, even this far north; we still can’t shake that fickle east coast weather. Mother Nature may throw us a curveball, but we don’t strike out.
Bluebird powder day? On the East Coast? In November? You betcha. A solid 8-10″ was dropped on Vermont’s high peaks Thursday evening. Friday morning came with crystal clear skies, light winds, bitter cold temps, and lots of new snow. We busted out a few lift serviced runs, then grabbed the split for a few laps off the beaten path.
It was a long summer. We did our best to keep in shape with biking and hiking, but nothing can keep those skinning muscles free of rust. After some record breaking warmth, it looks like we are finally in a prolonged cold pattern – great for making snow. Before the resort opens to the masses, it was time to break through the rust, stretch out the lungs, and find the glide.
DTK – Check Your Pins Season 2 Episode 2
Unless we get a late season dump, the storm of February 25th will be remembered as the best of a lackluster season in New England. A few days after maximizing the snow in Vermont we headed north to the Chic Chocs on the Gaspe peninsula of Quebec, Canada. We left early to complete the double-digit windshield hours and follow the shores of the St. Lawrence to the northeast. A night in a cheap motel and a few Tim Hortons stops later we sorted our gear and set off to explore some terrain and ride with Vertigo Adventures, a guiding operation suppossedly light on frills but heavy on vert and powder at the northern end of the Appalachian range.
Check Your Pins Episode 2.1[vimeo http://vimeo.com/38347912 w=604]
While some are calling this the “winter that never was,” for those willing to put in the work, there have been no shortage of good days. Ice, crust, and dust are the ingredients we’re left to work with here in New England, but when the recipe is right, it’s fun no matter what. Chasing the snow has been what this winter is all about, and we’ll be following it until the mountains run dry.
For the past week, we have been buried deep in the woods of Northern Quebec with Vertigo Adventures. Several different peaks surrounded our base camp and we had the entire area to ourselves riding many lines that hadn’t been ridden all year. Over the next few weeks, we will be dropping several posts with pictures and video of the trip. For now, check out this photo of the first line we shot on our first morning there.
Last week, we were on the receiving end of five feet of glorious snow. We all rode nothing but powder for several days. Here is a little taste of what it was like.
To top off an amazing run of snow, we were lucky enough to stay at the Stone Hut in between storms. A nice sunset and good pow had to be taken advantage of.